July 2000, the Woodrow
Wilson International Center for Scholars established the Foresight and
Governance Project to facilitate better long-term thinking and planning
in the public sector. As part of this broad Wilson Center effort, the Environmental
Futures Project was launched in 2002 to provide a special focus on long-range
environmental issues with potential impacts in the 5-20 year time horizon.
project has three goals:
emerging scientific, technological, and social issues that could have significant
impacts on environmental protection and policy over the next two decades
a broad discussion of these issues among representatives from government,
industry, academia, NGO's, and the interested public
for a wide dissemination of findings through publications and the web
work focuses on three areas: genomics, nanotechnology, and ecological thresholds.
In addition, we hold regular meetings and seminars designed to improve the
capacity for environmental foresight within the government. Work is supported
through a cooperative agreement with the Office
of Research and Development at EPA. Partners in this project include
RAND and the Institute
for Alternative Futures.